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This room is ready to celebrate! Not just the day itself but the beautiful weather accompanying this day. A fresh green updates this sofa/loveseat combination just in time for summer.

February 2, 2018

January and February are usually "slow" months for projects in the workroom. After the rush of the holidays, it's nice to have these quiet gray days to recoup. Fortunately, I've had just the right amount of pillow and cushion work to keep me sewing a little bit each da...

December 18, 2017

BEFORE AND AFTER

This lovely standard six-cushion sofa was in good repair and very comfortable. With new room paint in the works, though, a brighter, textured fabric was called for. The fabric sample below shows a subtle herringbone pattern with a slight nap, giving it...

May 13, 2017

Unlike more conventional boxed shaped furniture, barrel chairs present their own challenges! These two diminutive darlings have a good pedigree: custom built some years ago, now they grace the home of the daughter of the original owners. These chairs have definitely be...

April 24, 2017

New pillow cases have been needed for some time for a couple of sets of sheets but it's hard to find just pillow cases. So, I watched a tutorial from the Fat Quarter Shop and found I could make a darling set in about an hour. These have been washed and iron up crisp an...

April 20, 2017

After several weeks of sewing slipcovers, this week I made two lovely bench cushions for a dining room window seat. This fabric is so much prettier in person; amateur photos such as mine often don't tell the full story. But I am glad to have worked on the project, espe...

March 11, 2017

Just when things seem to be rolling along so smoothly, I am reminded to pay closer attention.  In this case, what looked symmetrical, wasn't.  This "smooth-back" chair was slightly higher on one side causing some bubbling and wrinkling right on the front. Fortunately,...

February 25, 2017

I really love the transformation that a piece of furniture undergoes with a slipcover. Just installed this morning, this chair is one of a pair in a lovely upstairs bedroom in a charming Old Portland home.  

The fabric is a woven gingham check with a crisp hand and...

January 18, 2017

For just getting outside, there's no place like the Pacific Northwest to breathe the fresh air and get the lint out of your nose! Sewing can do things to your body that need to be undone. A solitary practice with restricted movements and possibly added stress, balance...

June 19, 2016

I spend a lot of time indoors when I'm sewing. So, it's good to get away for a couple of days and do something completely different.  This afternoon, I'm heading up to Gifford Pinchot National Forest with a team from the Great Old Broads for Wilderness for two days of...

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December 18, 2017